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10. Number 30 OHIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY Your Piclure Newspaper THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES IS THE ONLY NEWSPAPER COMPLETELY CWNED, EDITED AND PUBLISHED IN OHIO COUNTY i Hartfort And Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, May 8, 1975 20 Pages - 10 Cents Ohio Countians More Aware Of Discontent of Ohio County are increasingly more in critical Df the county's nerve many are finding It rationalize reasons ; leading to the unrest. uerve center in question fiscal court, the Ohio and the Ohio of Education... COnnections within the a properly func- s been an open ; very beginning and • .. ointments of a succession of ... have failed to Sore and cut off its CaUses. Fiscal Court, in rests a multi- .•.........•.•.•.•................. •••••••;';•;;;;;'.••••:;:•;:•;:;:•:•:::::•::': %%%%%,•%•.%,..••.........%,.%,.% •..,.%.••...•... • ....•.......... •.•....o...*•....•.•......••.... • ..• ......• ..•...•...... ......... • .... •. • ...................... Times Analysis .... ................... ...... ;;;;•;;;;;•;;•::•::;'•::••:::-•';•:••;;;;:;';;:::;•: !.;.;.;.;.;.:.'.;.;.;.;.:.:.;.:.'.:.:.:.,. *'.:..:.;.N:.:.:.............. ........ .... ............................................ '''•' ........ million dollar business, is a body pitifully split to a point of near uselessness on many critical areas of concern. The board of education, until this year a body with a com. paratively low rate of con- troversial entanglements, finds itself in a disrupting episode involving its superintendent. There are fears.., fears not held unreasonable.., that the board could find itself in a quagmire of political potpourri not unlike that constantly plaguing the hospital. The present board, right or wrong, saw fit not to renew the contract of J. Woodrow Park and the decision set off a chain of reactions including court involvement, a myriad of charges and counter charges and, as previously mentioned, the fear that school board unrest could become the rule as op: posed to the exception. Based on observations, along with subtle remarks and hints, there is reason to believe the board will contain all or nearly all new faces within two years. The men who recently hired Reathel Goff to replace Park could fade from the scene and the persons replacing the present members could decide that Goff must leave at the termination of his two-year contract. Thus, there would exist a situation similar in nature to the one at the hospital.., a situation with an established record of internal and external strife and one capable of causing further and more serious harm. Most parties agree that Ohio County, if it is to prosper and grow in the future, must demand a higher level of competanee and concern from those persons entrusted with responsible positions. Certainly, industry, the lifeblood of any county, would hurriedly skip past a location torn by political greed and selfish interests. Prospective newcomers to the county likely would balk at staking a claim where there exists no strong foundation on which their children can rely. Despite being labeled rural and where coal is king, Ohio County, with a solid core of good people, can be a frontrunner in growth opportunities. But, that potential growth stands to suffer at the hands of some with marginal levels of integrity who place more em- phasis on self gain aimed at destroying rather than on pride in accomplishment. This insight into the less- desirable aspects of the county's present and future is not in- tended as a finger-pointing attack although many fingers could be pointed in many directions by many people. Many countlans have dropped their cloak of complacency and are demanding a better return from elected and appointed officials. On the street, perhaps as never before, they are striking back at what they classify as misuse of office. "It's bad enough to have continuous fights at the hospital and on fiscal court, but, for the sake of our children, we sure don't need the same nonsense on the board of education," one concerned observer said. e Administrators thout Offices Board Meeting administrators in school system l-assigned following marathon meeting of Board of Education. Second of two lengthy •. a session called to individuals being assignments.., only the system's finance Stewart, principal at and Earl Russell, secondary education, assignments for the year. J. Woodrow Park, repeater for the spot, recommended at Fordsville, position of supervisor textbooks and Russell for assistant not act on the three finance officer to would be a Also, the re- ewart, apparently would amount to a area of pay. The the supervisory than $300 less than the law governing an administrator, the noted in the minutes of but the board is prohibited from taldng action. In the case of Martin, the board, within five days and in writing, must inform him about the recom- mendation of the superintendent. Martin, in turn, then has ten days in which to inform the board in writing that he will either contest or accept the recommendation. In case of a contest, the superin- tendent and the chairman of the board, Fred Raley, have 10 days to submit a written notification of the reasons for the demotion to Martin. Martin must then request a full hearing before the board and state in the request if he desires a closed or open hearing. The hearing must be transcribed, according to law. The board would then be instructed to either uphold or reject the recommendation. In case of a rejection, Martin likely will continue in his present position. Other certified personnel assigned included, Shelby Forsythe, principal at Ohio County, Cecil Goff, assistant principal at OCHS, Ray Johnson, assistant principal at OCHS, Harold Davis, principal at the Ohio County Middle School, Lynn Funk, nurse, Noble Midkiff, federal programs coordinator, Dalma Tunks, elementary supervisor, and William Leach, director of pupil personnel. Park also recommended Mrs. George N. Park for the position of art instructor at OCHS but the motion r Tries To Save Of Deputy Sheriff Sheriff Gone Gaither Court Monday in Frank Fentress in sheriff in the bowing to , submitted Judge C. B. of- with Bill as a county in 1974. Several relieve him good job and the in Fordsville want the job," Gaither has worked Grayson County and Hancock County and that he is trusted as an officer in the Fordsville area. Embry said the two patrolmen were a part of his election platform and that there have been no efforts by the court to dismiss Fentress. "Fentress submitted his resignation and has not asked to be re- instated," Embry told Gaither. Emhry informed the sheriff that Fentress could be re-hired by the sheriff's department. "I cannot hire him because I do not have the money," Gaither responded. He added that Fentress does want to keep his job. Magistrate Hugh Schroader asked Gaither for names of people bothering Fentress but Embry suggested the be released after the died for lacl of a second. Another Park recommendation, that of Noel Ray Forsythe as math and science teacher at OCHS, was defeated on a 3-2 vote of the board. Richard Flener made the motion to accept, the recommendation of Russell as assistant superintendent but his effort also died for lack of a second• Ken Campbell, counsel for the Kentucky Education Association, was present at the meeting and at one point refused to leave the room after a closed session was called. A motion was made by L. C. Hunter to close the meeting to allow discussion on Park's list of recom- mendations. Campbell argued that the list included general personnel or different levels and the meeting could not be closed. He agreed to leave after Hunter's motion was rescinded and a new motion by Flener closed the meeting for discussions of "individuals." Bob Magan informed the board and others present that Park's recom- mendations regarding Stewart and Russell would pull an additional $35,528 from the system's general fund. He said the creation of Stewart's proposed position of supervisor of special education, textbooks and lunchrooms, would cost $16,000, and that an additional $19,000-plus, would he lost because Park did not recommend the retention of the position of secondary supervisor, the post now held by Russell. Russell's job is funded by the state and his salary is paid out of the $19,000 allowed through a unit covering the position. Park said some of the loss could be recovered from the system's lun- chroom program and "possibly" some from Title I. Representatives from the Ohio County Education Association also attended the meeting to protest the board's policy on salary schedules. The focal point of the dispute was the difference in the number of years of experience allowed administrators for pay purposes and the number allowed teachers. Under the present system, ad- ministrators' pay can continue to increase for up to 25 years of ex- perience. Teacher pay hikes are stopped after 15 years. "This means you simply pat a teacher on the back for a job well done after 15 years and tell him his pay will remain where it is," one spokesman Continued On 20 Ideal conditions for a moment of rest are a pretty spring day, a park bench, and a newspaper. This t,l(h,rly gent, captured photographically through the side window of The Ohio County Times, regularly rises the flew bm:hes donated to downtown Hartford by Conrad Schultz. Fiscal Court Okays Funds For R iver Defoliation Plan Ohio County Fiscal Court voted Monday to foot the bill for a defoliation project on the county's stretch of Rough River. Magistrate W. E. "John" Brown said the county entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 10 or 12 years ago to keep the stream free of brush but that the work has not been carried out. Under Brown's plan, the project will be done in 10-mile segments and will cost approximately $412.94 a mile. Dane Milligan, representing the Farm Bureau and interested farmers, said a chemical approved by the Environmental Protection Agency will be used to kill vegetation on both sides of the waterway. Milligan recommended four quarts of the chemical be used per acre, claiming the mixture would provide a desirable kill on 50-foot wide strips on both sides of the stream. With the court's approval, Milligan Secret Search For New Basketball Coach? "Mr. Park, could you tell us who the new basketball coach will be at Ohio County High next year?" board member Bob Shown asked Superintendent J. Woodrow Park at the conclusion of Monday night's school board meeting. "I can't tell you right now," Park replied. The question was in response to recent reports that Park has in- terviewed at least two candidates for the position now held by Cecil Croft. Any change in the head coaching post would have to come from the rd and g to three members approached on the issue Monday night, Goff will be back for the 1975-76 season. Goff, who just completed his second year at the helm of the Eagles, piloted a group of juniors and sophomores to within eight points of a state tour- nament berth. "How can you fire a guy that does something like that?" another board member asked. One of the coaches Park reportedly has talked to resides in Meade County and ol in Owe ro. was given the green liglt to contact Dawson Ag-Air Service in Owensboro, a firm specializing in air spraying. Brown said only one effort has been made to control the foliage and that the effort proved unsuccessful. He said tests have proven that May is the best month for such projects. In other business, the court reviewed bids from Kenneth Turnbull for remodeling of the county judge's office, the court clerk's office and the tax office. However, no action was taken pending repairs to the cour- thouse roof. The court also delayed action on the request by Mrs. J. C. Riley for an additional $4,000 in revenue sharing money for the Ohio County Library. Claude Lewis Taylor, vice chair- man of the library's board of trustees, appeared with Mrs. Riley and ex- plained the library's need for ad- ditional funding. Taylor said last year's budget was based on anticipated tax revenue but that the revenue did not come up to expectations. County Game Warden Charles Radcliff asked the county to provide him with a two-way radio for his car but walked away empty-handed after a motion by Magistrate V. T. Brigance died for lack of a second. Radcliff said radio communications would be helpful to both him and county law enforcement officials. He also asked for permission to issue citations to people guilty of littering. Sheriff Gone Gaither advised against Continued On Page 20